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Nathan and Tiffany
Nathan and Tiffany

Nathan and Tiffany
Oregon

Basic Info

Nathan

Age: 45
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Agnostic

Tiffany

Age: 44
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Buddhist

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 8 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 3
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Mixed, Bi-Racial, Unknown


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability (Open to Discussion), Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Self-Abuse, Stealing, Tantrums-Severe, Wets the Bed, Born with HIV issues or HIV Positive, Drug Addicted at Birth, Fetal Alcohol Effected, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Blind, Deaf, Hearing Impaired, , Speech Delays - Mild, Speech Delays - Moderate, Speech Delays - Severe, Vision Impaired, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Pica, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Bipolar, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child in Residential Treatment, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, Residential Treatment History, ADHD, AIDS, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disorder: May Require Surgery, Hemophilia, HIV, Missing Limbs: May Require Prosthesis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizures, Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Traits, Adjustment Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Willing to Maintain Contact via Mail with Bio Family, Willing to Maintain Contact with Past Foster Parents, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Grandparents & Other Relatives, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Siblings, Child Identifies as LGBT, History of Sexually Acting Out, Sexually Abused in the Past, Sexually Active, Alcohol Use, Marijuana, Smokes Cigarettes

Environment

State: Oregon
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency:
Years Together: 7
Children in the Home: 0
Pet(s): Dog(s), cat(s), reptile(s), fish

Work

Nathan

Occupation: Field Service Technician

Tiffany

Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher

Adoption Agency

Agency: A Family For Every Child
Worker: Staci Super
Worker: staci@afamilyforeverychild.org
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Zip: 97402

Family Description

Our names are Nathan and Tiffany, but we go by Nate and Tiffy. I (Tiffy) am 41 years young and Nate is 42. We have been together since 2009 and have a fun, active, and deeply committed relationship. We are best friends and look forward to parenting together. We are looking to adopt an individual child or sibling group of up 3 children, newborn to 8 years old. We are open to any ethnic heritage and/or either gender. We are also open to virtually any background situation and accepting of children with mild physical disabilities (we do have stairs) and up to moderate behavioral and emotional issues. Intellectual abilities from delayed to above average and minor medical issues are also things we feel we can accommodate. Children that would enjoy our home and do best with us are ones that like to give and receive hugs, enjoy activity, and seeking out new adventures. Those that like the outdoors but do not need to get out every day would be a good fit for us. Children that would also thrive in an environment with structure and routine would also fit well into our home. We spend a lot of time together and would hope our children would enjoy that as well. We live in Portland, Oregon and love everything the location has to offer. We like to spend time enjoying the beautiful outdoors and nature of the area, as well as going in to downtown Portland and finding adventures there. We are walking distance to a large city park and elementary school. There are many diverse activities to take part in and we can't wait to share those experiences with our children. We have a large home with 4 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms that we currently share it with a cat, dog, lizard, and fish. We have always wanted to have children and had planned from the start to 'have one and adopt one.' However, nature has decided adoption is the sole answer and we couldn't be more excited. Our goal has never been about passing on genetics but about passing on love, and we have a LOT of that to pass along! As a couple we have a lot of diverse activities we enjoy. Some of favorite things are road trips, camping, kayaking, time at the beach, singing karaoke, watching movies, board games, playing with our pets, art & crafts, designing and wearing costumes, and attending community events. We also enjoy a wide variety of winter activities, when the snow cooperates. While we like to travel to visit family, friends, and see new places, we also enjoy our time at home. At home we spend time cooking, talking, cuddling with our pets, and/or just enjoying each other's presence while doing small projects or reading. Nate works full-time as an engineer/technician for a large tech company in the area and has worked in this field for 16 years. Nate's schedule is somewhat flexible with long weekends and he can easily take time off, when needed. Tiffy works full-time as a teacher, currently teaching Kindergarten, and has worked with children in education for over 10 years. Tiffy has also been a coach for over 4 years with Special Olympics and does this seasonally. While her schedule is more structured, it is very family-friendly. Both of our employers know of our desire to adopt and are fully supportive. There would be no problem in adjusting our schedules to meet the needs of our future children. We are ready to committing to being the best parents we can. We have a network of support around us and are more than willing to seek out additional resources depending on what is needed. We can't wait to start this new chapter of our lives and to meet our children.

Preference Description

We are looking to adopt a sibling group of up to 3 children, newborn to 8 years old. We are open to any gender, race, or ethnicity.

The Hallquist Family Profile

We would like to adopt a single child or sibling group of up to 3, newborn - 8 years old, of any ethnic heritage and/or either gender., and from virtually any background situation. We are open to children with mild physical disabilities (we do have stairs in our home) and up to moderate behavioral and emotional issues. Children with intellectual abilities from delayed to above average and minor medical issues are also ones we feel confident we can accommodate.

The type of children that would fit best into our home are ones that like to give and receive hugs, enjoy activity, and new adventures. Children who like being outdoors but do not need to get out everyday would be a good fit. Those that would also thrive in an environment with structure and routine would fit very well into our home. We enjoy family activities and spend a lot of time together and hope our children will enjoy this, as well.

We are open to discussing contact with the child's biological family (email, phone, or mail) if it is in the best interest of the child. We also do not mind having continued contact with the child's former foster parents as respecting those connections will help with the transition and honor each child's past. We will do whatever we can to support the unique needs our children as they grow into adulthood and beyond.

Introduction

Our names are Nate and Tiffy. I (Tiffy) am 41 years young and Nate is 42. We have been together since 2009. We have a very fun, healthy, loving, and deeply committed relationship. We are best friends and playmates. We do not currently have any human children but are the proud parents of a cat, dog, lizard, and fish.

Nate works full-time as an engineer/technician for a large tech company in the area and has worked in this field for 16 years. Nate's schedule is somewhat flexible with long weekends and he can easily take time off, when needed. Tiffy works full-time as a teacher, currently teaching Kindergarten, and has worked with children in education for over 10 years. Tiffy has also been a coach for over 4 years with Special Olympics and does this seasonally. While her schedule is more structured, it is very family-friendly. Both of our employers know of our desire to adopt and are fully supportive. There would be no problem in adjusting our schedules to meet the needs of our future children.

As a couple we are fairly active and enjoy a lot of diverse activities. Some of our favorite things are road trips, camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, going to the beach,watching movies, board games, playing with our pets, arts & crafts, and attending community events. We also enjoy a wide range of winter sports and activities, when the snow cooperates. We also enjoy traveling to visit family and/or having family visit us. At home, most of our time is spent together in conversation, activity, or just enjoying each other's presence while doing small projects or reading. We truly enjoy our time together and cannot wait to include children into the mix.

For many years we have wanted to have children. Our plan had always been to have one biologically and adopt another. We have always liked the idea of a beautiful, blended family. Nature, however, seems to feel as though adopted children is the only way to go and we couldn't agree more. We feel that we are mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially prepared to become parents and welcome children into our lives forever.

Home and Community

We live on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. We are close enough to the city to enjoy concerts, shows, and community events, yet close enough to the wilderness to enjoy nature walks, fishing, and tide pooling.

We have a 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home with a sizable backyard, and within walking distance to a large city park and elementary school. The park has basketball courts, play structures, and a huge open field for soccer, volleyball, frisbee, and other activities. There are also community events and free movies shown on a big screen during the summer months. This park was also recently approved for a $6 million makeover that will include an aquatic center and running path. We can't wait for the construction to start!

Parenting Experience

Neither Nate nor I have been parents before. For many years we have wanted and tried to have children. Our plan had always been to have one biologically and adopt another. We have always liked the idea of a beautiful, blended family. Nature, however, seems to feel as though adopted children is the only way to go and we couldn't agree more. We feel that we are mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially prepared to become parents and welcome children into our lives forever.

Nate and I attended the Foundations Trainings, joined parenting groups, and have read many books and articles to supplement the trainings. Being a teacher and coach, Tiffy has undergone a lot of additional training regarding child development, special needs, parent involvement, and other topics that will be extremely helpful in parenting.

We both have a lot of experience in aunt and uncle capacities and enjoy every minute of it!

Support

We have a very diverse and extended network of family and friends who cannot wait to welcome our children. While our biological parents live in other states, we know they will be traveling a lot (perhaps even moving) to spend quality time with their new (and only) grandchildren.

In the Portland area, we have lots of framily (friends who are family) who will be very involved in the lives of our children. Most have children of their own, many of which are adopted, as well. So our family will have many people to spend time with and seek advice from.

We also are part of and/or know of many adoption groups and resources within our immediate area that will be of extreme value and significance to all of us throughout this process.

We know of many other community services that are available to us depending on the specific needs of our children and our family. We are always open and willing to expand our network of support.

Motivation to Adopt

We have always wanted to be parents. We both had loving and supportive families growing up. Through good times and bad times, our families have worked together to stay strong and look out for each other. Given that foundation and our own desire to expand our family, we are extremely committed to adopting and raising our children in a safe, loving, supportive family environment. Any challenges or obstacles that occur, we will face them together as a family, no matter what.